Lively, affectionate, homely, long-haired… Like humans, pedigree cats have their own characteristics. With their unique personalities and gaits, purebred cats have specific characteristics to consider when making a choice.
When the time comes to choose, it is not always easy to find the rare pearl, the cat that has the personality and characteristics you expect. Thanks to their well-defined and long-studied distinctive traits, purebred cats are a less risky choice. But how do you find your happiness?
Why choose a pedigree cat?
A cat with a well-defined character
Today, there are more than a hundred different cat breeds. While some are the result of a harmonious natural crossbreeding, others are the result of a specific and programmed reproduction between two distinct breeds. All of these breed cats have a personality of their own and certain traits are found in each one. Choosing a pedigree cats is therefore the opportunity to find a companion with a temperament that is already more or less determined.
Find specific beauty criteria
While the Maine Coon and Norwegian have a massive and wild look, the Persian is more stocky and round. These aesthetic and morphological criteria are specific to each breed. According to his tastes, the future owner can therefore choose a breed cat with a particular look.
Prevent health problems related to the breed
Few owners think about it when it’s time to take action, but choosing a pedigree cat also allows you to know in advance about possible defects and recurring health problems. Being informed in advance allows for regular follow-up and effective prevention. Persians, for example, may experience breathing difficulties because of their crushed muzzle.
Which breed of cat to choose?
A personality that corresponds to the owner’s habits
A future master looking for an independent breed cat should, for example, avoid taking a Siamese who has the reputation of being a cat very attached to his master: he is even nicknamed the “cat-dog”. Some pedigree cats, such as the Maine Coon or the Bengal, are not adapted to life in an apartment because they are too lively. It is therefore essential to learn about the personality of the breed.
A regular maintenance
Choosing a breed of cat implies being attentive to aesthetic particularities, which can impose certain constraints. While the Chartreux has gold eyes and a grey-blue coat, the Selkirk rex has long, curly hair that should be brushed very regularly. Even though it is a constraint, regular hair care prevents the formation of knots and hairballs. Other cats, such as the Persian chinchilla, frequently have discharge from the eyes and muzzle, which it is important to clean daily.
Opt for a cross-bred cat?
Most of the time, a kitten from two cats of different breeds has the characteristics of each of its two parents. For future owners who like the personality and looks of two purebred cats, a crossbreed may be the ideal alternative.
Where to buy your pedigree cat?
LOOF: the cat’s pedigree
Before considering the purchase of a pedigree cat, it is advisable to be familiar with the regulations in force. Whether you opt for an Exotic shorthair or a Sacré de Birmanie, the rules are the same: you can apply for access to the Loof pedigree, a herd book recognized by the Ministry of Agriculture. Without this document, the status “pedigree cat” is neither recognized nor certified. Some breeders simply don’t bother to ask for it, and others, unscrupulous, sell purebred cats that are not.
Purebred cat breeders
To buy a pedigree cat, the least risky alternative is to use a professional breeder. Official and authorized catteries are declared to the Ministry of Agriculture. Cats from these litters are rigorously monitored medically and are the result of a studied reproduction.